Georgetown, Guyana – (August 25, 2016) As the negotiations between the Government and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) comes to a close, the latter has agreed to consider the Government’s final offer to increase public servants salary and indicated that a response will be forthcoming after a meeting of its General Council. The Government’s proposal is as follows:
• Below $99,000 – 10%
• $100,000 – $299,000 – 6%
• $300,000 – $499,000 – 5%
• $500,000 – $799,000 – 4%
• $800,000 – $999,000 – 2%
• Above $1,000,000 – 1%
A release from the Department of Public Service stated that, “the Union was reminded of the relief measures that were granted to public servants since the ascension of the New Administration to office in May 2015. Those measures included an increase of the Minimum wage to $50,000; a 5% across-the-board plus $5000 increase, all within the 2015 National Budget, and, a one-off bonus of $50,000 for Public Servants earning below $500,000 per month in December 2015.”
The Government emphasised that the final offer for wages and salary increases for Public Servants had taken into consideration the current socio-economic environment, the difficulty in agreeing to increases that would entail having to raise additional revenue and the unsustainability of any further addition to its offer with regard to the current and future budgets.
The negotiations between the Government and the Union, which commenced in June, were conducted in the spirit of cordiality and mutual respect, and consistent with the obligations of the Memorandum of Agreement between the GPSU and the Public Service Ministry for the avoidance and settlement of disputes.